Religion: Dynastic Ordination

Patriarchal, 91-year-old retired Bishop William Lawrence of Massachusetts last week helped two of his sons (one of them Bishop William Appleton Lawrence of Western Massachusetts) ordain a third-generation Lawrence to the diaconate.* Thereupon Massachusetts' Lawrences took their place among the dynasties of the Episcopal Church with Virginia's prolific Tucker and Kinsolving families.

* Lowest of the church's three orders. A deacon usually waits a year before becoming a priest.


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